Deciding to breastfeed your baby
Some women are on the fence about whether or not to breastfeed their newborn--and the choice is entirely up to you. Consider some of the following points when making your decision:
Breastfeeding helps develop the deep emotional bond between a mother and her baby
Breast milk contains just the right combination of nutrients and, therefore, is easily digested by your infant (meaning less gas and burping). Also, it is free and requires no preparation as it is always fresh, clean and the right temperature for your baby.
Breastfed babies may have fewer allergies and ear infections. Breastfeeding also may lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Breastfeeding helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly
Because breastfeeding burns calories, women may lose pregnancy weight more easily
Breastfeeding can help decrease your risk of developing certain cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers.
If you are considering breastfeeding, Southwest General's lactation consultants are available, one on one, at varied schedules, for basic information and answers to questions before and after delivery. Additionally, a mothers' support group is available for both expectant and nursing moms. The group meets twice a month at Southwest General.
For more information about breastfeeding services at Southwest General call the Lactation Line at 440-816-8397, weekdays.